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Dinosaurs roar back to life for T-Rex fans in new exhibition

Dublin's very own Jurassic Park has come to life to give T-Rex fans the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with their favourite dinosaurs.

With 11 enormous mechanical models, the new animatronic Dinosaur Encounter exhi- bition is the stuff dreams are made of.

Transporting visitors back more than 80 million years, the epic collection of ferocious carnivores and herbivores look, sound and feel real.

The exhibition is backed up by research by scientists at the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London.

Speaking to the Herald, Maren Krumdieck of the NHM said: "I think dinosaurs are loved by children because they are seen as a sort of friendly monster. They are very frightening and command a lot of respect but children know they don't exist anymore and can't harm them.

"It is the fantasy aspect especially because you can't see anything like dinosaurs in a zoo."

She added: "Everybody loves dinosaurs and getting the chance to come close and in front of them is fascinating for people."

The exhibition also offers interesting facts including details about one dinosaur only as heavy as a Labrador dog and others that could run faster than any Olympic sprinter.

The display in the Ambassador Theatre with MCD is attracting hundreds of schools and visitors.

Children are tested on their dinosaur knowledge with a variety of games and activity areas.

The mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of the fiercest land predators ever known, is proving to be the exhibition's biggest draw. With its menacing 15cm teeth, the huge model is three-quarters the size of the real thing and measures 4 metres tall and 7 metres long.

Sam Maher (9) of Scoil Fhursa, Kilmore West said: "My favourite part was the T-Rex because it bends down at you and keeps blinking at you. It's exactly like Jurassic Park."

Luke Cannon (9) from Coolock said: "I was a bit scared of the T-Rex but it was still my favourite part."

The exhibition is open from Sunday through Monday 10am-6pm until the end of March.

Tickets cost €10 and are available from Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide.